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Cover the Uninsured Week

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There’s been a lot of talk this week about the plight of the millions of Americans who lack health insurance. A broad national and local coalition of organizations involving considerable star power has been calling attention to the growing national crisis as part of “Cover the Uninsured Week.”

It is easy to point out the problem. Nationally, 41-million people are uninsured! The Utah figure is about 335,000, which includes some 73,000 children. What’s much more difficult, if not bordering on the impossible, is actually finding workable ways to make quality health care more affordable and available to the masses.

Is it the creation of some sort of government run national health care system? Or is it best to allow the marketplace to eventually bring stability to something that’s currently out of control?

In KSL’s view, the answer lies somewhere in between with an emphasis on the marketplace side of the ledger. Government meddling, after all, rarely results in bringing efficiency to any endeavor. The solutions remain elusive. Still, this week of public forums, seminars and media discussions is significant and an important public service. As always, expanding awareness of a critical problem is a key step in the effort to eventually solve it.

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